Nick at Nite: The Old Schedule vs. Now

by Emily Morgan

Get ready ’80s and ’90s kids. You’re about to feel old.

If you’re like me, “Nick at Nite” was apart of your daily routine growing up. Come home from school, eat dinner, do homework, and reward yourself by turning on Nickelodeon’s late-night programming. It was an integral part of my childhood.

When it launched in 1985, it debuted with only a handful of shows and movies. Since then, the network quickly became a permanent fixture in many homes and added more shows to its nightly schedule.

The network has seen a plethora of changes since its creation. However, some millennials like myself have grown disenfranchised with the programming since getting older. Yet, the classic shows represent a cherished nostalgic moment in time.

The nightly broadcast aired from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and featured sitcoms such as “Dennis the Menace” and “The Donna Reed Show,” the sketch comedy show “Turkey Television,” and drama “Route 66.”

When the network added new shows to the lineup, the network ran the show as a marathon to create viewer interest. In 1990, when Nickelodeon acquired Bob Newhart’s sitcom “Bob,” they ran a “Bob’s Bob, Bob Newhart, Newhart Marathon.”

Similarly, when the network acquired “I Love Lucy” in 1994, it debuted a “Nick at Nite Loves Lucy” marathon featuring not only “I Love Lucy” but “The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour,” “The Lucy Show,” “Here’s Lucy,” and “Life with Lucy.”

The Evolution Of ‘Nick At Nite’

In the late 90s and early 80s, they added beloved classics such as “The Brady Bunch,” “Bewitched,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

However, the network underwent many changes. After airing classics like “Taxi,” “F Troop,” and “WKR,” they switched to shows like “Wings,” Home Improvement,” and “The Fresh Prince of BelAir” by 2000.

In 2007, the channel began airing movies for the first time since 1989. On Tuesday nights, the network aired movies for a younger audience such as “Good Burger,” “The Rugrats Movie,” “The Spongebob SquarePants Movie,” and other family-friendly films.

In recent years, the network has transitioned to airing cult favorites like “The Back to the Future,” “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” “Pretty in Pink,” and “National Lampoon’s Vacation.”

Today, “Nick at Nite” airs programs that recently ended or are still being produced, such as “The Goldbergs,” “Mom,” and “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”